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UA, Saudi Universities Partner on Farming

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Joel Cuello, left, with a potato farm operator in Ha'il, Saudi Arabia. (Photo: Ronnie DeGuzman)

UA, Saudi Universities Partner on Farming

June 30, 2016
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The institutions are advancing social agriculture to help farmers achieve economic profitability while promoting environmental sustainability.

... "social agriculture" and "strategic agriculture" are the development and implementation of strategies that provide farmers — in this case from villages in Saudi Arabia — access to technology, solutions and innovations, said Turki Faisal Al-Rasheed, a graduate of the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a faculty member.

Al-Rasheed is leading the effort with Joel L. Cuello, a UA professor of biosystems engineering, and Kevin M. Fitzsimmons, a UA research scientist and CALS director of international programs.